In Upper Key Stage 2 our topics are largely based on history, geography or DT. We have a question based format where children are presented with a question each week and learning opportunities are planned that help the children to answer the question.
Topic lessons take place twice each week and are taught in mixed ability classes with their class teacher. Learning is differentiated to match the children's knowledge, skills and progress. In addition links are made with other lessons such as English, Maths, PE, Art, Science, Music and Computing to ensure that children are fully engaged with the Topic.
The chart below details what Topic and questions the children will be learning over the next term.
Autumn Term - First Half term
What have we learnt from the Ancient Greeks?
In this topic we will try to answer the following questions:
Week 1 - How ancient were the Greeks?
Here we look at placing the Ancient Greek period of history on a time line, comparing it to other periods of history we have learnt about in school and make sure we know where Greece is on a map and the features of the landscape.
Week 2 - What were the responsibilities of the Greek Gods?
The children will find out about the importance of Gods to the people of Ancient Greece and what their roles and responsibilities were.
Week 3 - What can I learn about Greek life by looking at the evidence?
Different sources and artefacts will be looked at that help us understand what life was like and how the Olympic Games began.
Week 4 - Athens v Sparta – brains or brawn – which is more important?
Here, the values, strengths and weaknesses of the 2 main city states will be studied and how the modern day marathon began.
Week 5 - Did the Ancient Greek period ever really end?
Finally, we will consider how the Ancient Greek period is contributing to our lives today. We will look at architecture, the democracy we live in and other things from the Ancient Greek period which continue to influence how we live our lives.
We also welcome into school John who brings in many artefacts for the children to handle and dress up in. He covers medicine, warfare, schools, games, everyday life, the rich and the poor and democracy. He is an expert on Ancient Greece and the Greek Day is always enjoyed by all the children.
Autumn Term - Second Half term
How do the physical and human features of the Yorkshire Dales compare to North East USA?
Week 1 - How far away are the Yorkshire Dales and the USA?
The children will use maps and atlases to find where these places are and understand where they are in relation to other places they are familiar with.
Week 2 - What would I see if I visited the Yorkshire Dales?
There are lots of photos to discuss taken in the Yorkshire Dales to show different physical and human features in the area and the locations on different maps including Ordnance Survey maps. We will learn about National Parks and how the Dales are protected and preserved and consider why people visit there.
Week 3 - What would I see if I visited North East USA?
Again, we will look at the physical and human features of this area of the USA and considering why people would want to visit this area. There will be a focus on New York City and Niagara Falls.
Week 4 - Where would I choose to live and why?
Finally, the children will consider where they would prefer to live and give well thought-out reasons for their decision.